By Wes McCurtis
CYPRESS, CA - The top-ranked Cypress College softball team (43-0, 21-0 OEC) opened up the 2017 CCCAA Super Regional with a 5-1 victory over No. 9 College of the Canyons (30-12-1, 21-0) on Friday afternoon. The Chargers will take on the winner of No. 4 Palomar vs. No. 5 Santiago Canyon at Cypress College in Saturday's Super Regional Semi-Final. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00am.
State Pitcher of the Year Destiny Vasquez (W, 25-0) went the distance and received the win for Cypress. Vasquez allowed just 1 run on 7 hits with 5 strikeouts. She also made her presence felt on offense, where she finished 1-for-2 with 2 RBI at the plate.
Alexis Ramirez (L, 13-8) received the loss for the Cougars. Ramirez gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 4.0 innings. Sarah Wilson allowed 3 runs on 3 hits in 2.0 innings of relief. Azmarheen Anderson (2-for-3, HR) scored the lone run for Canyons on a solo homerun to left field.
The Chargers got off to a slow start as Canyons took an early 1-0 lead in the second after the Anderson home run.
With 2 outs and runners on second and third, Cypress catcher Val Romano (1-for-3, 2 RBI) stepped to the plate and ripped a clutch 2 RBI triple off the center field wall to give Cypress a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. "For me that was a big deal because I've been struggling this season, but to help my team when it really mattered felt great," said Romano.
Canyons would pop up on their first 3 at-bats of the seventh inning to hand the Chargers a 5-1 victory.
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